Nomi Wagner Portrait Artist

A Portrait Painting of Cats from Photographs … or Herding Cats!

by Nomi Wagner

Cat portrait painting by Nomi Wagner

reference photos for cat portrait paintingDear Nomi,
I love my cats, but they are impossible to get together for a photograph. You’ve heard the old saying, “like herding cats!” I don’t have a camera anymore—these pics came from my iPhone :)
Thanks,
Bryna

Always up for a challenge, I herded my client’s iPhone photos of her cats and made a preliminary drawing in preparation for their portrait painting. My concept was to pose Socks, Morris, Midnight, and Lucky all cuddled up and sitting on something soft. I painted a cushion and a tufted backdrop using the colors of their eyes.

work in progress; cat portrait painting

work in progress; cat portrait painting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This portrait was really fun for me … the little cuties cracked me up the whole time I was painting! I half expected them to jump off my monitor and land in my lap at any moment, but they sat very quietly and politely for their portrait painting. Herding cats? Difficult! Herding photos of cats? No problem!

Dear Nomi,
The painting is fabulous … my babies look so cute! I love it! Taking it for framing today. I’d like to order greeting cards from you too.
Thanks,
Bryna